Contagion

Film Synopsis

Director Steven Soderbergh’s disaster thriller follows the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days.

When Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow) returns to Minnesota from a Hong Kong business trip, she attributes the malaise she feels to jet lag. However, two days later, Beth is dead, and doctors tell her husband (Matt Damon) that they have no idea what killed her. Soon, many others start to exhibit the same symptoms, and a worldwide pandemic erupts. Doctors try to contain the lethal microbe, but society begins to collapse as a blogger (Jude Law) fans the flames of paranoia.

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Menacing Microbes: Protein Models Reveal Secrets

Although the medical field has created miraculous antimicrobial drugs to ward them off, menacing microbes often change their protein makeup in devious ways to evade being destroyed, resulting in antibiotic resistance and eventually “superbugs.” Protein modeling is a computational tool that researchers use to see microbial proteins. Using the high performance computing resources at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 3D models of microbial proteins provide visual tools to identify new ways to conquer menacing microbes

Reconstructing a rabies epidemic: Byte by byte

A look at how biologists and computer scientists used cutting-edge, ultra-deep sequencing technology to study the dynamics of a 2009 rabies outbreak. This case study, based on a dramatic increase (more than 350 percent) in the gray fox population infected with a rabies variant for which striped skunks serve as the reservoir hosts, helps illustrate the changes in the viral genome during cross-species viral transmission.


Big Hero 6

Film Synopsis

A special bond develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.

Robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada (voiced by Ryan Potter) learns to harness his genius, thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney) and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago (Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez), and fanboy Fred (T.J. Miller). When a devastating turn of events propels them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion—a robot named Baymax (Scott Adsit)—and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery. Big Hero 6 was the highest grossing animated film of 2014, and won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

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3D Printing: From Imagination to Realization

This informative and entertaining lecture covers how revolutionary changes to materials and structures, now possible with 3D printing, are bringing to reality concepts that were previously only imagined. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists will discuss 3D printing technologies and how they work, as well as how to design for these processes, create the feedstock materials and test the performance of the products. LLNL scientists are working with existing 3D-printing technologies and materials, inventing their own, and pushing the boundaries of size scale, material composition and geometric complexity.

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